AL LOWE MUST BE INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEXT LEISURE SUIT LARRY GAME sign now

TO: SIERRA ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

Enthusiast of the 3-D animated adventure game genre,

It's been recently confirmed by employees of Sierra Entertainment, through replies to e-mail messages sent by fans requesting the creation of a new adventure starring Larry Laffer, that the next installment in the well known and established franchise of the bestselling Leisure Suit Larry series is in early development stages right now.

These avid fans, eager to know more about the next chapter in the Leisure Suit Larry (LSL) series, contacted Mr. Al Lowe, the creative talent behind the franchise character and his adventures (who has participated in the series as game designer, writer, programmer, director and musical theme composer to name a few), just to find out that the game is being done without him.

As you may know, the critically-acclaimed LSL series (Entertainment Tonight, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal), designed in its entirety by Mr. Al Lowe, were in it's 7th and most hilarious incarnation yet when a reorganization at Sierra took place in 1998. As a result of this restructuring, some highly anticipated titles (such as Babylon 5), together with other well established franchises (such as the Space Quest series and the 8th installment in the LSL series, tentatively named 'Lust in Space'), were cancelled.

5 years later, it seems as though Sierra Entertainment has decided there's a chance to build an, in ex-president Dave Grenewetzki's own words, "economically viable product". But this seem to come at the expense of sacrificing the series main appeal, it's unique concept and signature gameplay elements. Sierra Entertainment's former president, Mike Ryder, once expressed his intention in bringing back the Leisure Suit Larry property, though insinuated it would not be as an adventure.

As such, many people inside the gaming industry, and not just the long-time loyal fans, are becoming deeply concerned by this matter, together with the fact that the company didn't even had the decency to notify Mr. Al Lowe of the new project taking place.


Through this petition we are respectfully asking Sierra Entertainment's president, executive producers, directors, project managers and development team members,


TO RECONSIDER HAVING MR. AL LOWE AS A KEY AND INTEGRAL PART OF THE NEW LEISURE SUIT LARRY GAME PROJECT.


If this petition is followed, it'll serve 2 purposes:

1. having Al Lowe participate in the project will reduce risk in the eyes of Sierra Entertainment's board of executives because he's demonstrated he can come up with 'succesful formulas' before, and

2. knowing Al Lowe participated in the project will result in the final product becoming a safe choice for hundreds of thousands of potential consumers, the already established fan base.


Every project has one person who is the keeper of the game's vision. At the very least, we're asking Sierra Entertainment to designate Mr. Al Lowe as a 'consultant' or 'advisor' to the person already assigned as the 'vision guy' in the new LSL game being developed.

We kindly ask Sierra Entertainment not to underestimate the creative vision of a pioneer in the field as prolific as Mr. Al Lowe is just because it may seem as though his vision doesn't 'fit' within the actual market conditions.


Sincerely,

Victor Camacho
EGM Editorial Contributor


In behalf of every loyal Larry Laffer fan out there lost in space.


For more information about Larry Laffer and his creator, Mr. Al Lowe, visit:

http://www.allowe.com/


About Sierra Entertainment, Inc.

The story of Sierra Entertainment began in the late 1970s, when Ken and Roberta Williams created Mystery House, the world's first graphic/text adventure game. Ken and Roberta ran On-Line Systems from their kitchen table until 1980, when they moved its headquarters to Oakhurst, California, at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and renamed the company Sierra On-Line. They stayed in the Sierra foothills until 1994, when corporate headquarters was moved to its current location in Bellevue, Washington. Sierra On-Line was renamed Sierra Entertainment in late 2001.

Sierra Entertainment, Inc., a studio of Vivendi Universal Games, is one of the earliest developers and largest worldwide publishers of interactive entertainment software. Based in Bellevue, Washington, Sierra has released critically acclaimed and award-winning titles that represent a wide variety of computer entertainment on video game consoles and PC platforms.

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